How To Maintain Hardwood Floors In Cold Weather
14 May 2019
The winter months can be very unpredictable. Sometimes, they are very mild temperature-wise and sometimes they are so sharp that it starts to snow. Fluctuating temperatures can have a severe effect on solid oak flooring or engineered oak flooring.
Things like lack of humidity, too much moisture, etc may cause wooden boards to bend, shrink and in some cases to separate from each other. So, here is how you can maintain hardwood floors in cold weather.
- Maintain Consistent Temperature Inside:
Cold drafts coming out of doors and windows can definitely have at least a temporary effect on the solid oak flooring and engineered oak flooring. To protect that from happening, you need to ‘winterize’ your home. This means you need to keep the temperatures inside of your home consistent. You can do that by applying weather stripping to doors and windows; consider using a humidifier to replenish moisture content in the air.
- Protect the Pipes:
In sub-freezing temperatures, it is very normal for the water pipes to freeze and burst. This would definitely send water to the floors and the solid oak flooring or engineered oak flooring might crack. You must insulate exposed water pipes when possible and let faucets drip when the temperature dips below freezing temperature.
- Remove your shoes or/and use floor mats:
During very cold weather, you must make it a habit to remove your shoes before entering the house. You can also consider the option of using floor mats. The unwanted salt and sand we spread on our walkways can wreak havoc to our solid oak flooring or engineered oak flooring. The floor tends to develop scratches and the finish of the floor tends to erode because of these unwanted elements.
That said, when a hardwood floor is properly installed, fluctuations in temperatures hardly have any effect on the solid oak flooring or engineered oak flooring. Your floors will always end up returning to the same place of balance with the change in seasons. However, extreme weather conditions do have a negative effect on the floors temporarily which needs to be dealt with in time.
To know more about the best way to protect your hardwood floors, contact us! We would be happy to talk to you.